Summary: To establish that the work of the Holy Spirit encompasses these three areas for discussion: the revelation of Christ; the resurrection of Christ, and our regeneration to Christ.
1. Revelation of Christ
2. Resurrection of Christ
3. Regeneration to Christ
1. In our lesson today we are going to be discussing a theme: “The Work of the Holy Spirit.” We will review three aspects of His work in the New Testament. The believer learns of the doctrine of Christ, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. The believer is subsequently: “born again through the work of the Holy Spirit in the conversion process,” John 3:3-5. The believer is then led by Him in his walk of faith, and will be resurrected by Him at our Lord’s return. Let the church say Amen!
2. First, we will consider the His work in the revelation of the Mystery of Christ. Jesus promises in our text that the Holy Spirit “would guide the apostles into all truth,” John 16:13. Paul would speak of this revelation later as the “mystery of Christ,” Ephesians 3:1-7. We know of Jesus; His work of redemption and Sonship because of the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Paul writes: “Great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, and received up into glory,” 1 Timothy 3:16.
3. Second, we will discuss the Holy Spirit’s work in the resurrection of Christ. Jesus and the Father also had a part in the “resurrection of Jesus’ body.” Jesus said: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment ...I received of my Father,” John 10:17-18.
4. Lastly, we will investigate the Holy Spirit’s work in the process of regeneration to Christ. No one can come to God or be converted to Christ, without the work of the Holy Spirit. Nor can we be called the “sons of God”; without the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. This thought presents a great deal of questions to many believers. However, the bible sets forth this precedence: “God has granted the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit into the life of the sons of God.” The believer has been granted the Holy Spirit to dwell in Him, “personally, as well as, through the word of God.” The Pentecostal converts had first “received the word”; as a result of Peter’s preaching; and were also promised: “the remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Ghost”; upon their “repentance and baptism into the name of Jesus Christ,” Acts 2:38. Paul affirms: “Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ (the Holy Spirit), he is none of his,” Romans 8:9. With this introduction, let’s consider our first point: the “Revelation of Christ.”
BODY OF LESSON
I REVELATION OF CHRIST
A. Revelation of Christ. In our scripture lesson, Jesus stated that, “all truth was not yet revealed, and this would be the work of the Holy Spirit. Notice: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me... he shall take of mine, and shew it unto you,” John 16:12-15.
1. He shall dwell in you: “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you,” John 14:17.
3. Filled with the Holy Spirit: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance,” Acts 2:1-4.
4. Natural man cannot receive: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” 1 Corinthians 2:12-14.